3:10 to Yuma, Lionsgate's new Western, was originally scheduled to open on October 5th, 2007. According to Variety, it will now open a full month ahead of schedule, on September 7th, 2007.

The film is beating Brad Pitt's western The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford to the screen. Lionsgate's Tom Ortenberg stated, "We certainly wanted to be the first Western in the marketplace. More importantly, in what is shaping up to be a very impressive and crowded field of upscale commercial motion pictures this fall, we wanted to be one of the first ones out, so that everything else will be measured against us."

3:10 to Yuma takes place in Arizona during the late 1800's. It revolves around infamous outlaw Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) and his vicious gang of thieves and murderers who have plagued the Southern Railroad. When Wade is captured, Civil War veteran Dan Evans (Christian Bale), struggling to survive on his drought-plagued ranch, volunteers to deliver him alive to the 3:10 to Yuma, a train that will take the killer to trial. On the trail, Evans and Wade, each from very different worlds, begin to earn each other's respect. But with Wade's outfit on their trail - and dangers at every turn - the mission soon becomes a violent, impossible journey toward each man's destiny.

The movie is a remake of the 1957 Western starring Glenn Ford. The new film also stars Ben Foster, Gretchen Mol and Peter Fonda.

B. Alan Orange